Five Ways in Which Technology is Transforming Learning & Development
1. Using Tablets and Mobile Devices
Apart from providing ease in our leisure activities, smartphone and tablet devices have also given the ideal environment for interactive learning content. Learners now have more autonomy, flexibility, and control because of the availability of content on various platforms. They have the freedom to study when and where they want and at their own speed through online training courses.1 Numerous platforms provide online learning experiences, including BCon, as we provide two of our best programs-LIFO and THE- through an interactive online learning platform. Tablets and smartphones have also allowed microlearning to emerge. A term that has not been part of the L&D world before. As the name suggests, Micro involves short pieces of learning that can be consumed quickly and are designed for maximum impact with minimal learning effort.2
2. Personalizing the Learning Experience
Regardless of how many people are in the same role or have the exact job requirements, each has their talents and learning style. While one person learns by doing, while the other learns by reading, training both in the same way becomes pointless. Multiply this requirement for personalization by the number of people you have, and you've got one of the most severe issues with Learning and Development (L&D) strategies: they treat everyone the same. Using a Learning Management system allows the tracking of individual performance, which can be linked to various tools and resources, allowing learners to learn at their own pace and in their way.3
3. Gamifying Learning
It's no wonder that the learning and development business has taken advantage of the large selection of mobile and tablet games now available. From gamified mini-courses to educational apps that teach through quizzes, videos, flashcards, and memory games, gamification of learning materials gives a quick and easy approach to consume knowledge.
Organizations may tap into people's desires for socializing, getting rewarded, and making choices by integrating games with learning activities, making them more likely to interact with the content and use what they've learned practically.4
4. Using Learning Management Systems (LMS)
The advantage of using LMS are numerous. It Supports face-to-face learning and online and blended learning technologies that enable and improve traditional educational techniques, which are all advantages. LMS can also save time and money for businesses by letting them manage enormous amounts of data in a user-friendly, web-based environment.5
5. Adopting Performance-Based Learning
Performance-based learning is a new approach to learning and development, emphasizing mainly learners being able to do, or perform, specific skills as a result of instruction. In this framework, learners demonstrate applying or using knowledge rather than simply knowing the information.6
As a comparison between both systems, BCon in collaboration with UMU uses the below model for Performance-based Learning:
The Performance-based learning system is applied through a robust LMS system. It is a blend of face-to-face learning time within the classroom, live-online learning, in addition to self-paced learning modules. The operating AI system allows the evaluation of the delivery and content. In addition to an assessment of participants' performance while providing necessary feedback based on their development.
It is apparent that technology has permeated L&D, and it has become essential to jump on the wagon to catch up and provide employees with suitable and fast learning opportunities. However, L&D alone is not enough. It is of equal necessity to adopt technologies that provide retention, culture, and employee engagement. On Web Development Information Day, we cannot stress how important it is to be up and ahead with vital technology practices. After all, it's all about productivity and efficiency.
1Amber Rolfe, Reed.co, Accessed 20 August 2021, https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/five-ways-technology-is-changing-learning-and-development/
2Mark Lynch, Learning Pool, 22 March 2019, Accessed 20 August 2021, https://learningpool.com/microlearning-macrolearning-benefits/
3Neil Glenister, Oct 28, 2020, Accessed 20 August 2021, https://elearningindustry.com/reasons-use-more-technologies-in-learning-and-development
4Amber Rolfe, Reed.co, Accessed 20 August 2021, Accessed 20 August 2021, https://www.reed.co.uk/career-advice/five-ways-technology-is-changing-learning-and-development/
5Icehrm, 25 May 2020, Accessed 20 August 2021, https://icehrm.com/blog/9-advantages-of-learning-platforms-or-lms/
6School Craft College, Accessed 20 August 2021, https://home.schoolcraft.edu/oca/performance-based-learning
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